NORTHS continue to firm as premiership favourites following their 27-14 defeat of Brothers on Saturday.
The Tigers have gone five matches unbeaten since they went down to Goodna in May.
The Eagles remain the only team Norths haven't beaten this season.
Saturday's win came at Brothers' home ground and doubled as the Brethren's annual Matthew Dennis Memorial Day.
For years, Norths struggled to beat the Brothers, particularly at Raceview.
Whatever the Tigers threw at them Brothers seemed to know how to escape with a win, irrespective of form.
It is a scenario the Tigers find themselves in now, with the experience of winning last year's A-grade premiership lifting the team when it gets into tight spots.
Such was the case on Saturday in what lock Chris Scanlan described as his team's "most competitive game" of the season.
"It's always feels good to beat Brothers, especially at Brothers," Scanlan said.
"They're always a top class team.
"We were always confident.
"I don't now about comfortable.
"They kept coming and coming."
Scanlan was impressed by how physical Brothers were and their willingness to match the Tigers in the middle of the park.
But Norths have enough firepower and nous to find a weakness in any opponent in this competition.
Scanlan said it was Norths' "creativity" which eventually gave them the edge.
"They were very impressive up the middle," Scanlan said of Brothers.
"But if we're not making it in the middle we can always move it to the edge.
"There's no lack of options."
Not even with hooker Chris Porter absent due to concussion the week before.
Instead Steven West filled in admirably at hooker, with the Brendons, Marshall and Lindsay, as halves on either side of the ruck and Josh Roberts chiming in from fullback.
"I think he was blowing a bit with all the tackles he had to make," Scanlan said of West.
Centres Tonga Mounga and Matthew Bettiens also got in on the act, with Bettiens scoring a double and Mounga proving hard to stop.
While West did a good job at dummy half, Scanlan admitted Porter' was missed for his line speed in defence.
"BL (Lindsay) was a big stand out," Scanlan said.
"And Matty Bettiens had a blinder.
"Tonga was his usual self.
"I don't know how he does it.
"I think he's the slowest centre in the comp."
It doesn't matter when he can draw in multiple defenders and slip passes in the tackle.
There remains room for improvement however, with Norths regularly letting the pressure off immediately after scoring tries.
"We've definitely got to work on our returns after a try," Scanlan said.
"Seventy or 80 percent of the time after we score we give the ball back to them.
"But we're top of the ladder, which is where we want to be. We're on the right path to the end of the season."
In the weekend's other A-grade match, Goodna beat Fassifern 48-34 at Harrisville.